We’re venturing into a realm where writers bend the rules of grammar in the name of creativity, but to the great frustration of editors. A comma splice is one of the most easily avoidable grammatical travesties.
Here at the Write Practice, we have love for all punctuation marks: commas, semicolons, question marks. Today we’re discussing that trio of periods that make up the ellipsis.
What’s an ellipsis?
Most of the fun of writing is using your words to tell a story. They course across the page, delighting in the joys of Maureen finally finding her Henry, shuddering as Ingrid uncovers her third dead body of the day, or mourning with Carlos for his lost mother. But I’m not here to talk about words. I’m here to sing the praises of punctuation; specifically, the Oxford comma.
Most people I’ve met have no idea what the Oxford comma is, but it’s probably something that you have used in the past. What is it?
There are times to follow the rules of story, and there are times to break the rules. When should you use the three-act story structure, and when should you discard it entirely?
Remember The Brady Bunch? It was a show before my time, but I was an avid Nick at Nite watcher in my teenage years, so I became very familiar with The Brady Bunch, Three’s Company, and Happy Days.
I watched the Brady Bunch movies of the 90s, and sometimes dreamed of being Marcia Brady (although I had a crush on Peter pre-fro), but apparently there was an additional member of the Brady clan who never showed their face on the episodes that I watched.
His name was Cousin Oliver, and he ruined The Brady Bunch.
Last weekend, my boyfriend and I finished watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. The show comes from the mind of Tina Fey, and it reminded me a lot of her previous show, 30 Rock. Both shows share the same sense of humor, and take place in New York City, where Fey spent a significant chunk of her career writing for Saturday Night Live. While UKS takes its storylines and cues from the “fish-out-of-water” line of storytelling, 30 Rock is undeniably right from Fey’s personal experience with SNL.
Tina Fey’s new show is a prime example of a show-runner/writer writing what she knows.
Some time ago, we published a post on italicization in album and song titles. And then Joe sent me a screengrab of a Google search with general italicization questions, so we’re going whole-hog and attempting to write an all-inclusive complete guide to italicization: when you do and when you don’t. We’ve covered italicization in song titles and album titles already, so we’re moving on from there.
Depending on the fictional work, villains have different philosophies on the relationship between good and evil. Some villains are aware of the fact that heroes are willing to go to great lengths to ensure that the forces of good and justice prevail. Others can’t comprehend the idea of a hero sacrificing themselves for the sake […]
Many of the earliest forms of written literature that exist are religious texts, and most of us at some point in our schooling will study at least one type of ancient mythology, be it Greco-Roman, Egyptian, or Norse. I happened to be fascinated with all three at the age of ten. More than once in these stories do you run into a human mortal being raised to the status of a god. There is a name for this phenomenon, and it’s called apotheosis.
One of the first things I remember from ninth grade English is discussing the origin of comedy and tragedy from the classical Greek plays. We read both Oedipus Rex and Antigone over the course of the next several years of English classes, and Shakespeare’s plays, both comic and tragic, made their way into the curriculum, as they have the tendency to in most high school English classes. I was in a production of As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most well-known comedies. Even in those earliest forms of literature and theater, writers played with blending the elements of tragedy and comedy together. We call these blended works tragicomedies or dramedies.